Heterosexual civil partnership row to be heard before Supreme Court today

A landmark case involving a heterosexual couple campaigning for legal recognition without getting married will go to the Supreme Court today.

Resolution calls for radical IHT reform

In recent days, prominent think tank Resolution has called for a radical new system to replace the UK’s existing Inheritance Tax (IHT) regime, amid concerns that more needs to be done to tackle intergenerational inequality.

Scaffolding firm fined over health and safety failings

A scaffolding company has been heavily fined over a number of health and safety failings which emerged after a new employee sustained work-related injuries.

Britons urged to share experiences of IHT in online survey

In recent days, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has launched an online survey urging Britons to share their experiences of Inheritance Tax (IHT) and consider whether they feel IHT ought to be simplified or reformed in the years ahead.

Facebook’s data protection disaster and the GDPR

It has been a rough few weeks for Facebook.  The world is watching the outcome of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which raises accusations that millions of US voters had their Facebook data misappropriated by consultants working for Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign.

Ed Sheeran accused of plagiarism in copyright dispute

Ed Sheeran has recently become party to a cross-border copyright dispute over a song he wrote for American country and western singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

KitKat trade mark appeal rejected by European Court of Justice

Following a decision made by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), Nestle’s popular KitKat chocolate bar will lose its status as an EU-wide protected trade mark.

Brands at risk from increase in counterfeiting

The ever increasing presence and sophistication of counterfeit goods in the UK has prompted warnings to businesses that they need to do more to ensure that their brands are better protected.

Victory for Adidas’ three stripes in EU trade mark dispute but future of Adidas logo not secure

Sportswear giant Adidas has won a case at the EU General Court concerning an application by Belgian footwear manufacturer, Shoe Branding, to trade mark a two stripe design.

Almost half of SMEs adversely affected by late payments crisis, study finds

New research carried out by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that almost half (48 per cent) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been adversely affected by the UK’s so-called late payments crisis.